Lead image: Sara Pascoe returns to Greenwich Comedy Festival this September
1 Meatopia at Tobacco Dock, Wapping
30 August-1 September
Meatopia rolls into town this weekend delivering delicious grills alongside the message of sourcing quality, sustainable meat. Chefs will be flying in from around the world, alongside some of the UK’s top-of-their-game chefs including Tom Brown of Cornerstone, who celebrated a double win at the National Restaurant Awards in 2018; Ottolenghi-alumni Ramael Scully of Scully; Nieves Barragan Mohacho of Sabor, who led Soho’s Barrafina to Michelin-starred glory; and David Carter of cult BBQ restaurant Smokestak. There’ll also be live demos, talks and workshops at the Cutting Room stage, TAPtopia with beers, ciders and craft cocktails curated by Melissa Cole and, new this year, The Cellar Table powered by Quandoo – an intimate dining experience where you can meet and eat with your favourite chefs. Plus, serving up authentic beats for Meatopia 2019 will be the likes of Metronomy’s Olugbenga, Orbital’s DJ Phil Hartnel, BBC 6 Music favourite and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan, and Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay. Open Friday 30 August 5pm-11pm, Saturday 31 August 11.30am-10pm (sold out) and Sunday 1 September 11.30am-7pm. Tickets from £22.50.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; meatopia.co.uk
2 London Brunch Fest at the Old Truman Brewery
31 August-1 September
London Brunch Fest, London’s only festival dedicated to brunch, returns to the Old Truman Brewery for its second year. New headliners this year include Avobar, Le Swine, Brother Marcus, The Espresso Room and Brickwood, delivering exclusive dishes, and there’ll also be talks, workshops, demos, DJs and a brunch-themed marketplace. Plus, there’s the brand-new addition of Sweet Street, a room solely dedicated to the sweet side of brunch with the likes of Naked Dough (London’s first safe-to-eat raw cookie dough cafe) and Butter Believe It (selling cakes, brownies, cupcakes and doughnuts), as well as two Prosecco bars, Espresso Martinis and a Bloody Mary stand provided by Longbottom & Co. Sessions take place from 10am-1.30pm and 2pm-6.30pm each day. Tickets from £12.50.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QR; londonbrunchfest.com
3 Hendrick’s Portal to the Peculiar, Bermondsey
29 August-1 September
This summer the unusualists at Hendrick’s Gin invite the curious to escape the conventional and take a leap into the peculiar by visiting the A.T.M. (Automated Transport to the Marvellous). Recent research by Hendrick’s revealed that 44% of UK folk admit the monotony of their daily lives can get them down, and that 51% wish they led a life of curiosity and exploration. And so, in the second in Hendrick’s series of Portals to the Peculiar, the gin connoisseurs are offering a platform to depart from the ol’ routine with a quirky immersive experience accessed via the seemingly regular Hendrick’s Bank ‘hole in the wall’. The A.T.M will transport you to a marvellous moment of whimsical oddity infused with rose and cucumber – complete with a gin & tonic, of course. The A.T.M. can be found in Bermondsey for four days from Thursday 29 August until Sunday 1 September. Book your complimentary ticket via EventBrite (over 18s only).
6 Crucifix Lane, Bermondsey SE1 3JW; hendricksgin.com
4 London’s Chinese Food Festival
30 August-1 September
London’s Chinese Food Festival returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary this weekend. Set by the banks of the Thames in the shadow of Tower Bridge, vendors such as Mei Ume, Chilli Legends, Master Wei, Yun, Buy & Bite, Ricebrothers, Ugly Dumplings, Miss Teppanyaki, Wheelcake Island, Handian, Yifang, Jiaba and more will come together to showcase London’s incredible range of Asian food. Plus, non-Asian vendors like Crosstown Doughnuts creating unique items for the festival. Chinese culture in the UK will be represented with the UK Han Culture Association (UKHCA), with traditional performances, authentic hanfu clothing to try on and complimentary Han Beauty experiences. The CFF Cookery School will be hosting workshops on creating the authentic taste of regional Chinese dishes using ingredients available in the UK, and the Jiangxiaobai Baijiu Bar will be serving drinks until late. Open Friday 30 & Saturday 31 August 12pm-10pm & Sunday 1 September 12pm-7pm.
Potters Fields Park SE1 2AA; chinesefoodfestival.com
5 Heinz Beanz Muzeum Pop-Up, Covent Garden
30 August-1 September
Heinz is opening the world’s first official Beanz Muzeum in Covent Garden this weekend. To celebrate the 150th birthday of Heinz, the museum’s curious collection will lift the (tin) lid on the impact this much-loved British icon has had on the nation over the last Century. The Beanz boffins at Heinz have delved into the archive and curated over a century of beanzy know-how, creating an immersive fan experience – with interactive experiences and exclusive personalised cans – where Beanz lovers can follow the journey of the humble baked bean over the last 150 years and what the future of Beanz might look like. The museum is open from Friday 30 August until Sunday 1 September 2019.
White Space, Covent Garden, 5 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JB; heinz.co.uk
6 Sounds Familiar Music Quiz at Skylight Rooftop, Wapping
The Sounds Familiar Music Quiz is headed for Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock for the UK’s biggest, most raucous music quiz. This is the first time this legendary quiz will be held outside and it promises to be an epic afternoon of fun, with more than 100 wall-to-wall bangers crammed into a couple of hours, covering loads of genres and all of the decades. At the end of the night, everybody will be on their feet, dancing on the tables and belting out the tunes – and there’s swag to be won too, with a first prize jackpot, goodies for the first, second, third and last place, as well as one for the best team name. There’s plenty to fight for… 2pm-5pm. Ages 18+. Tickets £10-£100.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping E1W 2SF; skylight.designmynight.com
7 Totally Thames, various locations
Totally Thames will be taking place throughout the month of September, bringing the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events down the 42-mile stretch of water. Look out for the ever-popular Bascule Chamber Concerts, an atmospheric concert featuring an amazing line up of renowned and upcoming performers in a cool subterranean space by Tower Bridge (18-22 September), Thames TideFest, a celebration of fun on the river with kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding taster sessions, boat trips round the Thames Islands and more, in Kew (8 September), Regatta London, the UK’s newest and most exciting mass participation paddle sports event (29 September) with races from Hammersmith to Greenwich and Putney to Big Ben, and Mid-River Milonga, where you can tango down the Thames in style aboard the Dixie Queen paddle steamer (19 September).
8 Carnaby Eats, Soho
Carnaby Eats is a month-long celebration of all things food and drink in Carnaby, where food-lovers will be spoilt for choice with special dishes, cocktails, cookbook launches and masterclasses. Plus, eco-warriors can follow the Blue Turtle trail of ocean-friendly restaurants, part of a brand new sustainability scheme aiming to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in Carnaby. Highlights include a special Carnaby Eats tasting menu at Ugly Dumpling (8-29 September) and free Mini Mixology taster classes at Jakata bar (8-15 September), a free Pisco Sour masterclass from Señor Ceviche (18 September), plus 50% off on Mondays at The Rum Kitchen if you book quoting ‘Blue Turtle’.
Soho W1; carnaby.co.uk
9 Smash to Win Tickets for Mamma Mia! The Party, Brent Cross
Last month, Clas Ohlson UK, the official partner of Mamma Mia! The Party, created a pop-up taverna in Covent Garden to give ABBA fans a chance to win tickets to the newly opened immersive entertainment experience at the O2 Arena. And now they’re back, doing it all over again at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Head for the Smash to Win pop up, break some plates and, if you find a winning ticket in your recyclable plaster plate, you’ll score two tickets to Mamma Mia! The Party (worth more than £150 each!). The show, which takes place inside a taverna-style set up, takes place around you as you enjoy a three-course Greek feast, and watch the warm, romantic and funny story evolve, told through dialogue and ABBA songs. Can’t make the pop-up? Try your luck online here.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, Hendon NW4 3FP; clasohlson.com
10 Greenwich Comedy Festival at the National Maritime Museum
The critically acclaimed Greenwich Comedy Festival is back celebrating its 11th anniversary this month with an all-star line-up including Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar, Josh Widdicombe, Jason Manford, Sean Lock and Reginald D Hunter, as well as alt-comedy heroes like Bridget Christie, Tim Key, Nina Conti, David O’Doherty, Lou Sanders and rising star Rosie Jones. Each show presents a mood-enhancing medley of comedians that raise the roof of the Big Top in the glorious surrounds of the National Maritime Museum, alongside craft-beers, cocktails and top street food vendors. Each year over 10,000 comedy-lovers make their annual pilgrimage to this event, launched in 2009 by sibling team Will Briggs and Cass Randolph, who spent a lot of their childhood at Up The Creek club with their step-father Malcolm Hardee. Tickets from £20.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10 9NF; greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk
11 Butterfly Biosphere at Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
Discover the Pleasures of the Nectar Dome at the Butterfly Biosphere, the latest installation by multi-sensory visionaries Bompas & Parr. Immerse yourself in the colourful and enchanting world of butterflies, sip nectar and watch them hatch in this unique butterfly biosphere located in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. It’s the world’s first Lepidopterarium – that’s butterfly house to you and me – to combine butterfly ecology, nectar tasting and an abundance of photo opportunities in a shimmering, pink-lit paradise. After an experiential walk to the biosphere, a wildlife guardian will guide you into the enchanting world of butterflies, advising you on how best to appreciate the fascinating creatures. You’ll also don a pair of rainbow spectacles to enhance your butterfly vision and be able to sit on a throne for a selfie with brightly-coloured wings. The experience will also highlight the fact that London’s butterfly population is in trouble – having declined by 76% over the last four decades – and help capital dwellers learn how to help their winged friends. Open 10am-7pm.
Grovesnor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP; mayfairandbelgravia.com
12 Skip Gallery x Arts Building: Look at This, Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park’s best-known creative industries hub, Arts Building, has collaborated with Skip Gallery founders to present Look at This, their largest and most ambitious art show to date. Skip Gallery founders Lee Baker and Catherine Borowski have selected six acclaimed contemporary artists, including David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Maja Djordjevic, to join them in this thought-provoking exhibition, which will transformed seven skips into artworks. Originally conceived as a series of site-specific artworks housed in skips in everyday public locations, Skip Gallery has grown from being a whimsical one-off to an evolving international artistic collaboration. Skips are a ubiquitous but frequently overlooked reminder of the throw away culture of the city, lending a playfully profound irony to the exhibition of artwork within them.
Morris Place, Finsbury Park N4 3JG facebook.com/events
13 Tobiah In Concert at Burgh House, Hampstead
6 September 2019
Singer songwriter Tobiah returns to Hampstead for a magical evening of songs and stories from her acclaimed new album Are We Angels with special guests Colette O’ Leary on piano accordion, Rowan Piggott on fiddle and Simon Callow on piano. Janet Jackson and Will Smith have vied to record her songs and she has worked with music legends including Rod Argent, Derek Bramble (David Bowie, American Idol) and Robin Black (Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens). Tobiah’s original and melody led songs often draw on her own life and connect in a way that everyone understands. She is known for her poignant lyrics, life-affirming stories of love and endurance, and for a voice described by the BBC’s Doug Welch as ‘outstanding’. Tickets £10 from eventbrite.co.uk. All profits go to Animals Asia. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. A donation bar is available.
New End Square, Hampstead NW3 1LT; burghhouse.museumssites.com
14 Concours of Elegance 2019, Hampton Court Palace
The Concours of Elegance returns to Hampton Court Palace with another splendid parade of classic, rare and unique cars. This year you’ll get to see two of the most beautiful race-winning Ferraris of the 1950s – the 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial and 1956 290MM (later 250TR) – not only exceedingly rare, but with impeccable history. More than 10 extraordinarily special Ferraris have been confirmed to attend Concours of Elegance 2019, alongside five of the rarest Aston Martins ever built, from the track-focused 1932 Le Mans Lightweight ‘LM9’ to the 1985 V8 Vantage that formed the template for the fabled X-Pack Vantages, and an art deco-inspired Stout Scarab – the world’s first production ‘minivan’ and one of only nine ever constructed. Of course, there’s also the Concours of Elegance’s central display of more than 60 of the rarest vehicles ever built, telling the story of the motor car from the pioneers of the 1890s right through to the latest bespoke hypercars. Adult tickets from £40 (under 5s and carers free).
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU; concoursofelegance.co.uk
15 Classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks
The Classic Boat Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary at St Katharine Docks this month. The festival is set to welcome around 40 colourful boats from around the world, from vintage sailing boats to motor boats, which you can climb aboard, alongside an assortment of waterside activities and live music. Some of the most highly anticipated boats this year include historic wooden sailing vessel Lady Daphne (on board which you can take a Thames tour), and a number of Dunkirk’s Little Ships. There will also be free adult craft workshops including lino cutting, flag sewing or illustration, live music from the Barnet Hill Lifeboat Crew Shanty Singers on Saturday and the Thames Youth Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, street food from KERB and a Kids Club where little ones can embark on a treasure hunt to find hidden signal flags and use the code to spell a word and win a model boat kit.
St Katharine’s Way E1W 1UH; skdocks.co.uk
16 London Podcast Festival, King’s Cross
6-8 & 13-15 September
The London Podcast Festival, which launched in 2016, returns this month with a programme featuring plenty of returning favourites as well as brand-new faces. Running over two weekends (6-8 & 13-15 September), you’ll get to experience some of the best British and international podcasts live, meet the podcasters and discover new talents. Highlights include Freelance Pod, where host Suchandrika Chakrabarti chats with guests from the worlds of journalism, social media and TV about how the internet has revolutionised work (7 September, 2pm), and Trolled with Tracy Ann Oberman, where Tracy discusses online abuse in this frank, fearless and funny podcast (Saturday 15 Sept, 2pm). Ticket prices vary.
90 York Way, King’s Cross N1 9AG; kingsplace.co.uk
17 SAMPLE Autumn, Greenwich Peninsula
SAMPLE Autumn returns to Greenwich Peninsula to showcase everything you need for the new season, from sassy streetwear to cool kids clothes and beautifully designed homeware, all curated by Hemingway Design. A modern design-led take on a traditional market, the team at Greenwich Peninsula have created SAMPLE to support sustainability, small-scale enterprise and locally-sourced goods with 100 traders from across the capital and beyond. You can also sip cocktails at the outdoor bar, browse the latest designer makers, take part in workshops or be preened and pampered at the Beauty Bar while listening to live DJs. You can even get involved in a collaborative art project to form the market’s entrance with Extreme Stitch, and Peckham-based 1831 Shop have handpicked a collection of satirical fanzines and comics with DIY Space Print Collective at the Peninsula’s NOW Gallery. 11am-7pm.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10; greenwichpeninsula.co.uk
18 The Soul Exchange at Pop Brixton
The Soul Exchange is heading for Brixton this weekend for a day-to-night time party with Jazz FM Late Lab star and Jazz Cafe resident Anne Frankenstein. Best known for her smooth soul, funk and dancing disco discoveries, she’ll be bringing some varied vinyl platters to the turntables. Saffiyah Khan, who features on The Specials most recent UK No 1 album, Encore, with her track 10 Commandments, will also be delivering eclectic tracks, as well as veteran DJ Jack Gadsden, who is highly regarded throughout the soul scene, and James Curry of the Over Easy DJ collective. Last but not least is Scarlett O’Malley, party-loving crate-digging founder of The Soul Exchange. DJs are spinning from 4pm all the way through to midnight and it is free entry.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
19 Anime Film Festival, Piccadilly Circus
The very first Anime Film Festival offers a rare opportunity to see a host of modern anime classics on the big screen. Taking place at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue, the programme of visually stunning and captivating films from Japan will keep keen anime fans, as well as families and younger audiences, spellbound. Among the films being shown are the Oscar-nominated Mirai, a magical fantasy story from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda; and Redline, an epic dystopian masterpiece that took seven years to create. The independent festival has been organised by Reuben Ramanah, an avid anime fan who spent two years teaching English in Japan. All films being shown will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7DH; animefilmfestival.co.uk
20 City of London Distillery’s Harvey Nichols Terrace Takeover, Knightsbridge
Until 8 September
Soak up some of those last rays of summer with the City of London Distillery x Harvey Nichols terrace. The Fifth Floor Terrace has been transformed with decor inspired by bars from across the City to honour London’s rich gin history. Drop in and enjoy some of the city’s finest gin cocktails any time – from a Grapefruit Gimlet featuring City of London Distillery Authentic Dry Gin, to a Rhubarb 75 made with City of London Distillery Rhubarb & Rose Gin. You can also book a Make Your Own Gin experience with gin expert Joe Brayford on Friday 6 September. You’ll be introduced to the history of gin – from the gin craze of the 1700s to the present-day gin revival – before designing a recipe to make your own personal gin to take home and then enjoying a three-course botanical-led dinner (£100pp).
109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia SW1X 7RJ; cityoflondondistillery.com
21 Nahoko Kojima: Sumi at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 8 September
Don’t miss your last chance to see Nahoko Kojima’s eight-metre-long crocodile, Sumi, cut entirely from one sheet of paper. The beautiful beast hangs in the gallery’s entrance hall as a visual spectacle for all to admire. A key protagonist of the paper cut sculpture movement, Kojima is renowned for turning majestic animals into works of art and questioning our relationship to nature. While you’re at the gallery, catch Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking, a showcase of 120 prints, posters and drawings by revolutionary artists from the Grosvenor School of Modern Art including Claude Flight, Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power and Lill Tschudi (also ending 8 September). Take a tour of The Colour Palace before it closes on 22 September, too.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
22 Rebel Art Auction: Bid for the truth, Hackney Downs
Accept & Proceed is hosting Rebel Art Auction: Bid for the truth, a charity art auction to raise awareness and funds for environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion. Visual artists including Antony Gormley, Ranny Cooper, Mr Bingo and Rankin will be invited by the agency to each create an original piece of artwork relating to or based on facts and figures provided by Extinction Rebellion. The event, taking place at Accept & Proceed in east London, will include a live auction with art works also be available to buy online after the event. Accept & Proceed is also encouraging its own followers and participating contributors to create social content to support the initiative using the hashtag #rebelartauction. RSVP to email@example.com.
4 Andre Street, Hackney Downs E8 2FN; acceptandproceed.com
23 Mini Mode – London Kids Fashion Week
Mini Mode – London Kids Fashion Week, returns for a fourth season to showcase both established and emerging childrenswear designers from around the globe. Taking place over two days during LFW at St Mary’s in Wyndam Place, the event now features both an industry and consumer show. The industry show will be held on Friday 13 September to showcase new SS20 collections, while the consumer show will be held on Saturday 14 September with a matinee and afternoon show and the latest See-Now-Buy-Now collections for AW19, as well as a selection of children’s entertainment, Kid’s DJs kid hosts and interviews in between the show. Brands taking part include London’s award-winning children sunglasses brand Zoobug, French cashmere specialist Oscar et Valentine and Little People London.
St Mary’s, Wyndam Place, York Street W1H 1PQ; mini-mode.co.uk
24 Peckham Festival, various locations
Peckham Festival showcases the best of the area’s creativity and community projects with exhibitions, workshops, walks, talks, performances, music, film and more. Highlights include the Made in Peckham Open Studios, taking place at multiple venues across the weekend, a night of free music at Super Unison Rehearsal Studios featuring the DIY femme punk of CHARMPIT, plus a hand-picked selection of gourmet musical treats from the local area, and a pedal-powered film screening of Bohemian Rhapsody by Electric Pedals at Copeland Park.
25 London Fashion Week
In response to the ever-changing fashion landscape and the growing public interest towards London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council is opening the event to the public for the first time. The LFW schedule will now facilitate two audiences: the trade audience, which will attend catwalk shows across the five days; and the public audience can buy tickets to six catwalk shows running at the official London Fashion Week Hub from 14-15 September, as well as creative installations, industry-led talk panels, the DiscoveryLAB experiential space where fashion meets art, technology and music, and a brand new #PostiveFashion Designer Exhibition at The Store X, 180 Strand, exploring compelling stories around sustainability, community and ethics. Look out for citywide activations and events curated by the BFC in partnership with retailers and cultural institutions, too.
26 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Mayfair
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is one of the most foremost international showcases for art and antiques. One of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square, the highly anticipated art event returns to London for its 10th anniversary this year. Exhibitors are all members of LAPADA, the world’s largest association of art and antiques dealers, meaning you’ll find a diverse collection of pre-vetted jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art from some of Britain’s leading art and antiques experts. Prices range from £500 to £500,000, making it a great event for both established collectors and first-time buyers. Tickets cost £20 online or on the door.
Berkeley Square W1J 6EB; lapadalondon.com
27 ‘Floydy’ Lunch at Trinity in Clapham
Adam Byatt’s Michelin starred Trinity in Clapham is hosting a very special ‘Floydy’ Lunch this Saturday. The outrageously long lunch will celebrate the legendary Keith Floyd, who Jamie Oliver called ‘the most brilliant food presenter in history’. This year’s festivity marks the 10th anniversary of Keith Floyd’s death and, in honour of his timeless legacy, you can expect a three-course feast of his most loved dishes, accompanied by a selection of his favourite wines. Aside from indulging in the finest food, diners will also be joined by the writer James Steen, who worked with Keith in the last year of his life on his autobiography, Stirred But Not Shaken. 12.30pm arrival for a 1pm lunch. Find the menu here. Tickets £50 via eventbrite.com or by phoning 020 7622 1199.
4 The Polygon, Clapham SW4 0JG; trinityrestaurant.co.uk
28 Bermondsey Street Festival
Bermondsey Street Festival returns once again to celebrate one of the coolest streets in London. Every year, this vibrant community comes together on Bermondsey Street to celebrate local surrounding shops, artists, galleries, businesses, restaurants and bars. You’ll find tons of stalls with everything from handbags to leather aprons and peanut butter to honey – all made or potted in Bermondsey – as well as the Chestertons Community Stage with live music from 11am to 6pm, the much-loved Holly & Lil Dog Show, a brass band in Leathermarket Gardens and more.
Bermondsey Street SE1; bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk
29 Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 14 September
Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today is an immersive retrospective exhibition celebrating the birth of dance music and the club scene of the 80s and 90s. Featuring multimedia room installations and audio-visual works by some of rave’s most prolific and authentic visual commentators, the acid house revolution will be charted through typographic accounts, photo stories, live music events, talks and panel discussions. Accompanied by Spotify-curated playlists by music personalities related to the sub-genres of Detroit Techno, Acid House, Happy Hardcore, UK Garage, and Grime, the exhibition will recapture the new world that emerged from the acid house scene and narrates the ascendancy of rave culture with the youth of today. It also features The Mott Collection exhibit Kraftwerk Dance Forever, documenting Kraftwerk’s output from the early 70s to the present.
Duke of York’s, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com
30 London Design Festival, various locations
This year marks the 17th edition of the London Design Festival, which returns to venues across the city to celebrate the city as the design capital of the world. From exhibitions and installations to fairs and tradeshows such as 100% Design and designjunction, as well as new Design Districts launching in Chelsea and King’s Cross, the programme is huge. Special projects include Take the Plunge, a playful installation by Volume Creative in collaboration with Virgin Voyages, taking place at Oxo Tower Wharf, and the Walala Lounge by Camille Walala in South Molton Street. The London Design Festival will also host the Global Design Forum, a mix of talks, debates, tours and workshops reflecting the most innovative thinking in design today.
31 Dinosaur Day, Crystal Palace Park
The dinosaurs are set to take over Crystal Palace once again! Following successful conservation work on the Grade I listed dinosaur sculptures last year, the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are hosting a vibrant weekend of tours of the enchanting Dinosaur Islands, alongside Palaeo planting and gardening sessions to bring ancient landscapes back to life around the sculptures, and children’s storytime and craft workshops. The event is being run by Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs as part of Heritage Open Days. Tours of the island will be free but must be booked in advance – booking details will be online in early September. 10am-4.30pm.
Dinosaur Lake, Crystal Palace Park SE19; heritageopendays.org.uk/dino-day
32 Bellevue Road Summer Fair, Wandsworth Common
Bellevue Road Summer Fair will be back celebrating its eight year with live music, community stalls, street food, a falconry display, dog show and plenty for fun for all the family. Taking place on Wandsworth Common, you’ll also find more than 50 market stalls selling an array arts, crafts, jewellery and clothing, alongside pop-up bars to keep the fun flowing and a 10K walk around the common lead by the Friends of Wandsworth Common (suitable for adults and older children). While you’re there, make sure to browse the impressive selection of independent shops, boutiques and restaurants along Bellevue Road.
Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common SW17 7EG; facebook.com/events
33 Music Hall at Greenwich Theatre
More than 50 years ago, Greenwich Theatre Limited launched its dream of creating a top-class theatre from a near-derelict building on Crooms Hill near Greenwich Park. Back then, Music Halls were mostly held in the upstairs room of the Green Man pub, which then stood at the top of Blackheath Hill. As part of its 50th celebrations, Greenwich Theatre is taking a trip down memory lane by bringing back this unique style of entertainment. Writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer will chair the evening, with the inimitable Colin Sell at the piano, alongside Colette Kelly, Peter John and full supporting company. 7.30pm. Tickets £16.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
34 Live Well London Presents: The Sunday Sessions, Urban Wellness Retreat
15 September 2019
Live Well, the inclusive wellbeing, health and fitness festival that takes place in London in early spring, is hosting its first ever Live Well Sunday Session on 15 September. The half-day urban wellness retreat offers the chance to invest in you, whether it’s to unwind after a hectic week or kick-start your wellness journey with a full programme of fitness sessions and inspirational talks. Highlights include the F.I.T JAM Dance with influencer and celebrity trainer Faye Edwards, Yoga Flow with David Kam, Meditation with Mind: Unlocked founder Niraj Shah, and a panel discussion with experts on making a 360 approach to wellbeing work in the real world. 10am-2.15pm. Tickets £25 including a goody bag filled with products worth over £150.
The Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval E2 9DT; livewelllondon.com
35 Rouge at Underbelly Festival Southbank
Until 15 September
Underbelly Festival Southbank comes to a close in September with a final raft of shows including variety, circus, cabaret, comedy and music. Bringing down the curtain as the climactic headline act is grown-up circus-cabaret Rouge – a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue-in-cheek burlesque. The cabaret, which is receiving its London premiere after critical acclaim in Australia, is a non-stop celebration of the astonishing, the surprising and the downright sexy. Tickets from £21.50.
Southbank SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
36 Zip Now London at Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth
Until 15 September
Zip Now London has been back at Archbishop’s Park all summer, so don’t miss one of your last chances to experience the adrenaline rush of taking on the world’s longest and fastest city zip line before it’s gone! The 225-metre-long zip wire now accommodates four people, as opposed to three last year, so an entire nuclear family can whizz along together. You’ll reach speeds of 50kph once you’ve launched yourself off the 35-meter high tower, taking in views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye from your sky-high vantage point, and the Mega Drop free-fall at the end will keep that heart-rate up as you leap down from the landing tower to the ground. Single riders £25, or get four tickets for £90.
Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth SE1 7LE; london.zip-now.co
37 A Woman of No Importance at Richmond Theatre
‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.’ An earnest young American woman, an unscrupulous English Lord and an innocent young chap join the festivities at a lavish estate in the English countryside. Should a mother tell her son the truth and risk social ruin? A Woman of No Importance is Oscar Wilde’s moving, compelling and funny exploration of innocence and morality, satirising English upper-class society with Wilde’s typically glittering wit and masterful use of language. Tickets from £13.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
38 Safari Supper at Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards, the Belgravia hub for independent retail, wellbeing and co-working, is hosting a one-week dynamic dining experience at Jones Family Kitchen during London Design Festival. The Safari Supper, part of Eccleston Yards’ LDF-inspired ShedFest – where five emerging UK artists who have been selected to decorate each shed within the courtyard – will offer guests a different course in each shed. Starting with pre-dinner drinks in the first shed, you’ll then move on to the next shed for a starter, continuing through the sheds to enjoy a main course, dessert and then post-dinner drinks. Each of the seven evenings will offer different menus catering to a variety of palates, from meat-free dishes to marinated lamb, and ranging in price from £30 to £45. Diners can book in groups of four via firstname.lastname@example.org, online here or in person at Jones Family Kitchen.
Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia SW1W 9NF; ecclestonyards.com
39 The Wolf of Wall Street Immersive Experience, the City
From 19 September
The Wolf of Wall Street has had the immersive treatment. The high anticipated production launches with previews from 5 September, taking over a 2,000 sq m landmark building in the City this month complete with four floors and 25 rooms. The building will be transformed to recreate 90s New York and the world of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose life was depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s movie of the same name. This new production, from the creators and producers behind The Great Gatsby – the longest-ever running immersive show in the UK – will see a cast of 16 play multiple characters from Belfort’s memoirs, plunging audiences into a world of greed, power and excess in a night of top-notch entertainment. Stratton Oakmont is hiring. The FBI is closing in. You’re either with him or you’re against him… Tickets from £59.95. Currently booking until 19 Jan 2020.
5-15 Sun Street EC2N 2PT; immersivewolf.com
40 Urban Food Fortnight, various locations
19 September-6 October
Urban Food Fortnight connects restaurants and retailers with London’s edible gardens and small producers to showcase the best food and drink on offer in the city with special menus, one-off events, workshops and supper clubs. Run by London Food Link, the fortnight throws the spotlight on the hidden delights of the capital’s good food scene, from Tottenham made cheese to Stratford sourced fish, Enfield reared lamb and Hackney grown salad. Highlights include Exploring Future Foods with River Cottage chef and author Rachel de Thample and Six Legs Farm at The Table Café on Southwark Street, where you can learn to make a dukka and protein ‘cricket’ balls, and then dine on a tasty vegan meal by The Table’s Shaun Alpine-Crabtree (30 September, 6pm-9pm, tickets from £25).
41 Tootopia, Tooting
Tootopia, the end-of-summer extravaganza, returns to salute all that is great about vibrant Tooting. Discover local landmarks, exquisite eateries, and secret watering holes or get stuck exciting activities, workshops and outdoor parties curated by local businesses and venues, including Tootopia Kids. Take the Tooting Food Trail and discover the latest foodie additions to Tooting’s burgeoning foodie scene, or head for the Street Food Takeover for great eats and beats with a line-up of DJs and live acts. Highlight’s include Bayou Bar’s crawfish boil from noon till 10pm on Sunday 22 September, where you can enjoy a tray of crawfish, corn, potatoes, dipping liquor, corn bread and a drink while you soak up the party atmosphere within the market.
42 Little Wing Film Festival, Walthamstow
The 3rd Little Wing Film Festival is headed for Waltham Forest, London’s 2019 Borough of Culture. Taking place at Walthamstow’s historic Mirth, Marvel and Maud – a Grade II* listed building housing a pub, cinema and cultural centre – the grass roots film festival will be screening a host of brilliant films from the UK and beyond’s most talented emerging filmmakers touching on subjects to make you laugh, cry, and criticize. The event will also feature an exciting line-up of panels, networking events and workshops. Plus, the festival has several thousands of pounds worth of prizes to give to its winning filmmakers, including one-to-one advice sessions with BBC Films, with the aim of providing sustainable compensation for young artists trying to get their foot in the door.
186 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4QH; littlewingevents.com
43 Beer and Cheese Experience at The Chesterfield Mayfair
Join an expert from Neal’s Yard Dairy for an evening of cheese tasting in the beautiful library at The Chesterfield Mayfair, paired with some of the UK’s finest craft beers. Neal’s Yard is renowned for its select farmhouse cheeses from the UK and Ireland, and during your session, you’ll taste Stichelton (a Stilton-recipe blue cheese known for its soft and creamy texture and long-lasting flavours), Riseley (a washed-rind sheep’s milk cheese with hints of smoky bacon), Sinodun Hill (with a yoghurt flavour and light texture), and St Cera (an intense and melting cheese). Each cheese will be accompanied by snacks and beers from England’s most notable regional breweries and cider makers. 6.30pm-8.30pm. £50 per person.
The Library at The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5EB. To book see designmynight.com
44 Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 21 September
Don’t miss one of your last chances to see this summer’s hottest ticket – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical Evita live on stage at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. From a life of poverty to spiritual leader of the nation, Eva Peron, the wife of powerful President Juan Peron, was loved, hated, derided and venerated, dividing the Argentinian people. Her patriotic speeches, ambition, glamour and magnetism established ‘Evita’ – played by Madonna in the 1996 musical film – as the world’s first major political celebrity. The chart-topping score includes the heartbreaking masterpiece Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and the Oscar-winning You Must Love Me. Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. Tickets from £25-£65.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com
45 #IlluminatedRiver, various locations
Celebrate London’s historic bridges over the Thames with Illuminated River’s continued events programme. The public art commission, which will see 15 of London’s bridges gradually lit up by 2022, has seen London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges already illuminated. Highlights in late September include an Illuminated River Open Boat Tour for Open House with the architects behind the project on 21 September (9pm-9.40pm, tickets £6), New Music for the Illuminated River Bridges: A Live Orchestral Performance on 24 September (7.30pm-9.30pm, tickets £15), an Illuminated River Walking tour led by Team London Bridge on 25 September (6.45pm-8.15pm, free), and Night Mudlarking with Mud God and Foreshore Pirate Steve Brooker on 28 & 29 September (7.30pm, tickets £10, kids go free).
For further details and to book see illuminatedriver.london
46 Mix It Pop-Up Cocktail Experience at The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury
25 September-3 November
Returning for a second residency, the Mix It Pop-Up Cocktail Experience at The Montague on the Gardens is an interactive bottomless cocktail-making experience. Over two hours, you’ll create your own drinks using the venue’s full and unlimited complement of spirits, mixers and garnishes, or you can enlist the help of your own personal bartender, who will be on hand to provide expert mixology guidance. For a truly indulgent experience, ask your bartender to mix up your personally designed drinks, or order one of the delicious cocktails available from a bespoke menu specially created for Mix It by Pernod Ricard. Tickets from £39.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ. To book see designmynight.com
47 START at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
The START Art Fair is returning to the Saatchi Gallery for its sixth edition to showcase the best UK and international emerging contemporary artists to collectors, investors and art lovers in London. This year the selection includes nearly 50 galleries and artists, including BiHop from South Korea, Bermon Contemporary from South Africa, The Gallery STEINER from Vienna and lluminati Neon from Shepherds Bush. After the success of the inaugural Art World Forum symposium at START 2018, this year’s programme has been expanded to include a half day conference as well as additional talks and Collectors Club events.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; startartfair.com
48 Wishful, Royal Docks
Giant gliding swans and floating lanterns will take over Silvertown Quays with Wishful, a magical show of water and fire featuring pyrotechnics, giant puppetry, music and daring performances inspired by the Thai festival of Loi Krathong. First, you’ll be invited to wander and explore a gigantic illuminated mechanical garden and enjoy some food and drink before joining a carnival procession. Afterwards, floating wishing lantern shrines will be launched into the water, lighting the way for a show of gliding giant swans, an operatic moon goddess and dance pieces. The night will end in a shower of fireworks against the backdrop of Millennium Mills. The spectacular one-night-only event, organised by pioneering outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts, will be the finale to this year’s Join the Docks festival, which has been running all summer across London’s historic Royal Docks. 6pm-9.30pm.
Silvertown Quays, Royal Docks E16 2GL; eea.org.uk
49 Edward Alleyn’s Gift – Celebrating 400 Years of Dulwich history: 1619–2019 at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 29 September
This exhibition will take you on a journey through Dulwich’s local history, covering the highlights of the last 400 years, from the origins of Edward Alleyn’s 17th century foundation to the present day, including a short film by Simon Purin and an interactive map for visitors. The exhibition is presented by The Dulwich Estate to mark the 400 years of the founding of the College of God’s Gift at Dulwich. Free entry, subject to closure for other gallery events using the Linbury Room.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
50 The So Extra So Chic Suite at The Curtain Hotel Shoreditch
Until 29 October
Hotels.com has unveiled the So Extra So Chic suite – the world’s first half and half hotel suite split right down the middle of the bed, where one side of the room is a maximalist’s paradise, full of colour, plants and golden accessories, and the other side is minimalist’s dream, dominate by sleek lines and the minimum of fuss. The battle of the designers see ‘so extra’ stylist Johnny Wujek, the powerhouse behind the likes of Katy Perry and Mariah Carey’s iconic looks, take on ‘so chic’ minimalist fashionista Kaitlyn Ham at The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch. Wujek’s maximalist décor features clashing prints, layered colourful rugs, bright wallpaper, plenty of plants, a flashy cocktail trolley, brass palm and monkey lamps, mirrors and a bold sofa full of cushions. On the other side of the room, Ham’s minimalist décor features clean lines, calm monochromes a classic Eames lounge chair dominate, arched floor lamp and neat little desk finish the look. Available to book for one night at a time from now until 29 October from £250 per night.
45 Curtain Road, Hackney EC2A 3PT; uk.hotels.com
51 Frieze Sculpture Park, Regent’s Park
Until 6 October
Frieze Sculpture Park returns to Regent’s Park this summer, showcasing some 20 sculptures from renowned artists such as Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor and creating an alfresco museum without walls. The exhibition has been curated by Claire Lilley, Director of Programmes at the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Taking art into the outdoors, you’ll be able to admire sculptures by the likes of Iván Argot, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Lucy Skaer, Joanna Rajkowska, Tai-Jung Um and Bill Woodrow, while meandering through the park’s English Gardens. Free.
52 Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa at Japan House London, Kensington
Until 27 October
This family-friendly exhibition showcases the life’s work of award-winning illustrator Anno Mitsumasa, who has been producing picture books and imaginative paintings for over 50 years. Mitsumasa, born in 1926, trained as a primary school teacher in Yamaguchi and worked in Tokyo before becoming an illustrator, mostly of children’s book. ‘Anno’s Journey’ depicts a small figure journeying through the cultural and literary landscapes of Europe, with scenes from London, Windsor, the Cotswolds and beyond on display, and you’re invited to hunt out famous places and characters hidden among the detailed landscapes. This is his first UK exhibition. Free admission. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm.
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk
53 Elmer’s Big Art Parade, Elephant & Castle
Until 30 October
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, David McKee’s beloved children’s character, has arrived at Elephant Park, the new housing and community development by Elephant & Castle train station. An interactive trail of sculptures celebrating diversity and inclusivity have been installed to mark the popular elephant’s 30th birthday. Hunt out all the elephants, solve each one’s special anagram and enter them online at the Elephant Park website for a chance to win a special Elmer prize pack. Organised in conjunction with Wild in Art and Andersen Press, this is the first time an Elmer trail has been located in London, with 10 specially-commissioned Elmer sculptures designed by local community groups and artists. A special 30th birthday celebration day takes place at Elephant Park on Thursday 29 August with free activities including performances from the Blue Elephant Theatre, an Elmer-themed tea party and craft activities, as well as the chance to meet Elmer himself.
Elephant Road, Walworth SE17 1UB; elmersbigartparades.co.uk
54 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 13 November
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, returned earlier this year with a new gig – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
55 Mamma Mia! The Party, O2 Arena
Until 16 February 2020
Mamma Mia! The Party, the highly anticipated new immersive theatrical and dining experience created by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, is a new and unique entertainment concept that puts you right in the heart of the action. Over the course of more than five hours, you can enjoy a spectacular show, a three-course gourmet Mediterranean meal and an ABBA disco, all in one unforgettable evening. Set in a taverna-like setting mimicking the island of Skopelos, you’ll join Nikos and his wife Kate as they run an exotic restaurant together with their family and friends. Told through dialogue and ABBA songs, a warm, romantic and funny story evolves and unfolds during the evening as you enjoy your Greek meal. The evening ends with the main floor transforming into a 1970s disco, where you can stay to sing and dance to original ABBA recordings. Currently booking to 16 Feb 2020. Tickets from £135.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0DX; mammamiatheparty.co.uk